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Completed audit of parolees and community based offenders on electronic monitoring

Details:

Title

Completed audit of parolees and community based offenders on electronic monitoring

Member

Fyles, Natasha Kate

Political affiliation

Australian Labor Party

Collection

Media Releases for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Media Releases; ParliamentNT

Date

2019-06-25

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Prisoners; Sentencing; Electronic surveillance

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

File type

application/pdf

Use

Issued as a Media Release

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/752196

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/753580

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/753579

Page content

Findings & Recommendations Page 28 of 30 8 Summary of Findings and Recommendations Findings 8.1.1 Parole 1. The audit did not identify any serious issues in the management of parolees. 2. Probation and Parole Officers have completed or reviewed, a case plan, in the prescribed timeframes for 88% of parolees, which exceeds Community Corrections current Key Performance Indicator of 85%. 3. Of the parolees subject to alcohol and/or drug restrictions: a. 85% have been tested for alcohol consumption in line with the frequency required by the OMF. b. 83% had been tested for drug use in line with the frequency required by the OMF. c. Of the remaining parolees who required testing, the audit found testing had been less frequent than required by the OMF. Impediments to testing include the remote locality of some parolees, and that the random nature of testing requires unannounced visits at times when parolees may not be available, as outlined in section 5.3. 4. Probation and Parole Officers had identified and actioned breaches relating to 47 parolees who had not been compliant with their conditions. All non-compliance resulted in action being undertaken by the Parole Board. 5. No instances of non-compliance by parolees were identified during the audit that required remedial action by Probation and Parole Officers. 8.1.2 Electronic Monitoring 6. The audit did not identify any serious issues in the management offenders on electronic monitoring. 7. Electronic monitoring is a useful tool to assist with tracking the movements of offenders. Inclusion and exclusion zones can detect any unauthorised movements of offenders. Curfews also ensure offenders remain at their place of residence during times assessed as having increased risk of reoffending. 8. 85% of people on electronic monitoring (excluding bailees and Department of Health clients) have a case plan which was completed or reviewed in line with the OMF. 9. Of the offenders on electronic monitoring subject to alcohol and/or drug restrictions: a. 83% have been tested for alcohol consumption in line with the frequency required by the OMF. b. 84% have been tested for drug use in line with the frequency required by the OMF. c. Of the remaining people who required testing, the audit found testing had not been as frequent as the OMF requires. Impediments to testing include the remote locality of some offenders, and that the random nature of testing requires unannounced visits at times when offenders may not be available, as outlined in section 7.3 10. Probation and Parole Officers had identified and actioned breaches relating to 139 people subject to electronic monitoring who had been non-compliant with conditions. 11. No instances of non-compliance were identified during the audit that required remedial action by Probation and Parole Officers. 12. 16% of offenders subject to electronic monitoring have been assessed as low risk. This is inconsistent with literature which suggests that electronic monitoring should target offenders at medium and high risk of reoffending.


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